WBAL serves up another high pitch from O's past


August 19, 1994|By MILTON KENT

To the skeptic, WBAL Radio's rebroadcasts of the 1966 World Series, which matched the Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers, may seem like a naked attempt to recoup advertising losses from the baseball strike with cheap, available programming.

But if this weekend's offerings are half as enchanting as last weekend's presentation of the 1971 American League playoffs, with the Orioles sweeping Oakland in three games, then the baseball listener should be in for a treat.

"We've had so many phone calls from people, and the reaction has all been positive. We thought we'd get some reaction, but I didn't expect this much," said WBAL station manager Jeff Beauchamp.

This weekend's presentations should be especially fascinating, because all three announcers, Chuck Thompson, Bob Prince and Vin Scully, are enshrined in the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The return of baseball notwithstanding, Beauchamp said the classic broadcasts would continue into September, when the station begins carrying Maryland and Washington Redskins football.

Next weekend, WBAL will present the 1971 World Series between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. If you're a younger Orioles fan and you don't know how the series turned out, you might want to check out the Village People marathon on MTV.

Turner, Turner, Turner

Big doings this weekend from the good folks at Turner Broadcasting. Tonight, for the baseball-starved, Skip Caray and the boys bring you Richmond Braves baseball on TBS from Norfolk, home of the Tides, at 7:35.

On Sunday, TNT presents its second NFL exhibition game of the year, the classic Denver-Dallas matchup, from Texas Stadium at 8 p.m.

This Bud's for you

One of the problems with men's tennis, as NBC analyst Bud Collins sees it, is that there aren't enough mano-a-mano rivalries, in part because there are so many tournaments in which the best players don't get to face each other.

The solution, according to Collins, who will call the action with John Lloyd tomorrow and Sunday at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis (4 p.m. each day, Ch. 2), is a major league of tennis, with the four major tournaments (U.S., French, Australian opens and Wimbledon) and 16 others making up the yearly circuit.

"That way, you could end the season in October, and we'd have an off-season," Collins said. "It's a very, very suicidal game, and yet it lasts because it's a wonderful sport, but it's not putting its best sneaker forward."

Calling the 4th tee

This is taking interactivity to an extreme: For the first time on a network, CBS will open the phone lines to viewers during coverage of the International golf tournament from Castle Rock, Colo., this weekend (tomorrow, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m., Ch. 11) if the rains come or play is suspended.

The number is 1-800-CBS-TEES (227-8337), and the network says players, announcers and tournament officials will be available.

Picture this scene:

Jim Nantz: "The rains have started to fall. Let's go to the phone lines and take Bob from Birmingham, who wants to talk to Nick Price. Go ahead, Bob."

Bob from Birmingham: "Yeah, uh, Nick. Way to win the PGA last week, but you're doomed pal, if you don't correct that grip on your approach. And Jim, you've got a hair out of place. Just tryin' to help."

Nick Price: "Thanks, Bob. I live for moments like these."

Nantz: "So do I."

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